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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I've always wanted to know that.

Falling under the "science that we're not real sure we can use, but darned if it isn't interesting" category, some Harvard boffins with good high-speed video and X-ray motion cameras have answered the question of how a dog's drinking mechanics works.


This footage shows that as the tongue touches the surface of the water, the liquid adheres to it, creating a water column as the tongue is drawn back towards the mouth. The dog then snaps its mouth closed just as the water begins to fall backwards towards the bowl.

Go click on the short video-- it's pretty cool.

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5 Comments:

At Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:25:00 PM, Anonymous LabRat said...

As a followup, I wish them to explain why so many dogs, one of mine included, always saves the last mouthful to put in someone's lap when done drinking.

 
At Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:26:00 PM, Anonymous LabRat said...

As a followup, I wish them to explain why so many dogs, one of mine included, always saves the last mouthful to put in someone's lap when done drinking.

 
At Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:35:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

That IS interesting, and I'd have thought they would bend the tongue foward, but they bend it backward! Thanks

 
At Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:58:00 AM, Anonymous aczarnowski said...

Pretty cool.

I wonder if the back/forward tongue direction was dictated by something else OldNFO. That pup is working pretty hard to get that tasty beverage. In a flatter bowl, maybe the mechanics change?

For example, my goldens can drain their dish to the bottom. At some point, say 1/2", a water column can't form. What do they transition to then?

 
At Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:18:00 AM, Blogger Zdogk9 said...

LabRat, Probably because they're to lazy to spread it in a five foot radius around their water dish like my Chessie.

 

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